Make a difference – Adopt a highway

It’s never too late to participate in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program. New groups can always join to make a difference in communities and help the environment at the same time.

In addition, KDOT created an incentive stipend last year for groups that actively participate in the program to help with increased amounts of trash along highways and limited staff.

The stipend is $190 per highway section, which is generally two miles long. Adopt-A-Highway groups receiving $600 or more in payments in a calendar year will be issued a 1099 tax form. New and existing groups will be able to submit a request for payment after their group completes a highway cleanup. The group will submit forms identifying the location, date, number of volunteers and number of bags as well as before and after photos of the site.

Any non-profit group that does not discriminate upon the basis of race, religion or gender can join and there is no cost to the group. Members must be at least 11 years old and have adequate adult supervision. Groups have clean ups three times a year and are recognized for their efforts with signs marking their sections of highway.

Adopt-A-Highway groups are gearing up for the annual Clean Up Kansas Campaign, which takes place during the month of April. All Adopt-A-Highway groups are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the statewide event.

Groups clean their sections of roadway three times a year at their convenience. For more information or to sign up, contact the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator at the closest KDOT Area Office –

Northeast Kansas

Horton, 1686 1st Avenue East, (785) 486-2142

Olathe, 1290 S.W. Enterprise, (913) 942-3100

Bonner Springs, 650 N. K-7 Hwy, (913) 942-3040

Topeka 101 Gage Blvd., (785) 296-2291

Wamego, 1425 W. U.S. 24, (785) 456-2353

North Central Kansas

Clay Center, 731 W. Crawford, (785) 632-3108

Mankato, 725 East South St., (785) 378-3166

Marion, 1021 N. Cedar St., (620) 382-3717

Ellsworth, 202 W. 15th, (785) 472-4447

Northwest Kansas

Phillipsburg, 1777 Highway 183, (785) 302-6200

Atwood, 21051 Highway 36, (785) 513-4000

Hays, 1811 W. Frontier Road, (785) 625-9718

Oakley, 3501 Highway 40, (785) 953-6000


Southeast Kansas

Iola, 1720 N. State, (620) 901-6555

Garnett, 507 N. Maple, (785) 433-6100

Independence, 3097 W. Main, (620) 577-7310

Pittsburg, 1813 W. 4th, (620) 308-7610

South Central Kansas

Pratt 309 Iowa, (620) 508-7300

El Dorado, 205 Oil Hill Road, (316) 251-6568

Winfield, 7093 U.S. 160, (620) 705-6389

Great Bend, 204 E. Highway 56, (620) 603-7170

Wichita, 3200 East 45th St. North, (316) 744-1271

Southwest Kansas

Syracuse, 910 N. Main, (620) 384-7821

Ulysses, 325 W. Oklahoma Terrace, (620) 356-1531

Dodge City, 11310 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., (620) 682-7905

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